Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director, Gateway House

AllenSolly_210x140_0Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to the founding of Gateway House, Kripalani was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine from 1996 to 2009. During her extensive career in journalism (Businessweek, Worth and Forbes magazines, New York), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards.       Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House.<--break-> Her political career spans being the deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run in 1995-96 as Republican candidate for U.S. President in New Jersey, to being press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in 2008 and 2014 in Mumbai. Kripalani holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University (Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in English and History) and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York. She is a member of the Asian advisory board of the International Centre for Journalists and the Overseas Press Club, and sits on the executive board of Gateway House, the Indian Liberal Group and Emancipaction, all of which are non-profit organizations. Click here to download high-res image

Business, geopolitics, media

Last modified: June 9, 2017

Recent projects

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9 November 2016 Gateway House

Trump: a win for the New World Order

The victory of Donald Trump for the White House is a turning point in America – it’s a vote against the establishment and vested interests that have dominated Washington for decades. It also shows America following the global trends of strong leaders with a new electorate in the post World War II Order
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15 September 2016 Gateway House

India Trilateral Forum: building bridges

The 11th India Trilateral Forum, a meeting series between India, Europe and the U.S., reflects a more confident India from whom expectations – especially to counter China – are high. This will require a realistic re-labelling of India by the Western powers.

Speeches & Statements
Manjeet Speech HMUN 2016 Courtesy: Gateway House
13 August 2016

Populism as a threat to the UN

Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director, Gateway House, delivered a speech at the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) India Leadership Forum, in Hyderabad on 13 August 2016.

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2 June 2016 Gateway House

The sanctioned, sleeping beauties awake

The crippling effect of American sanctions are thorough; designed to strangle economies and bring entire nations to a halt. However, they unknowingly pull people together, imparting a deep sense of patriotism and often sparking innovation which can quickly surpass any other world power. With sanctions being lifted on nations like Myanmar, Iran and, hopefully, Cuba, the question remains whether they will retain their uniqueness or fall into line with the rest?

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5 May 2016 Gateway House

Winds of change in India’s states

The five on-going state elections in India hint at a shift away from old established players who have failed to recognise the dreams of the youth. This is part of a global trend, from the Arab upheavals, to Hong Kong's Umbrella protests, to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the U.S.

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23 July 2015 Gateway House

The shastri’s “Shastra”

In the last of a trilogy of books, Shashi Tharoor's volume of 100 articles poses numerous question and critiques of the one-year old Modi government, while also offering "Shastra" on a range of topics. However, in many cases his criticism are unfair and easily applicable to the previous Congress government

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18 June 2015

Sushma Swaraj’s scorecard

If Prime Minister Modi is India's Sachin Tendulkar, External Affairs Minister is Rahul Dravid. In the past year Swaraj has quietly supporting Prime Minister Modi and ratcheted up a number of achievements, from evacuating thousands of Indians from conflict zones to leading India's engagement in the middle east.

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21 May 2015 Gateway House

Modi: India’s salesman-in-chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign travels combine domestic and foreign policy to achieve India’s twin goals of national security and investment inflow. The leader-as-salesman is not new, and India is just catching up with the global norm